And four more news items for hospital administrators, health system leaders, practice managers, and other healthcare executives to peruse this week.
- Amazon, the online retail giant, is positioning itself to become a major supplier of medical supplies to hospitals and outpatient clinics, as reported by The Wall Street Journal last week. According to the site HealthcareDive.com, the story reveals Amazon used its business-to-business marketplace to launch a pilot program at a large hospital system in the Midwest, which entails fulfilling the supply needs for roughly 150 outpatient facilities.
- Becker’s Hospital Review features a Q & A session with executive-level veterans Donald Wegmiller, chairman of the Scottsdale Institute and CEO of C-Suite Resources, a healthcare consultancy group, and Brita Hanson, MD, CMO, at LogicStream Health. The two industry experts discuss their views on trends currently influencing healthcare as well as clinical, financial, and operational improvements that leaders should give precedence to for greater success this year.
- A recent post from Employee Benefit Adviser highlights a survey led by Transamerica Retirement Solutions and the American Hospital Association. According to the hospital administrators and CFOs who took part in it, healthcare organizations have been revising their retirement benefit programs to resemble those common in the corporate sector to recruit top candidates and retain them. Among the findings: dollar-for-dollar matching rose from 35 percent in 2015 to 43 percent in a year’s time.
- Mvix shares more than a dozen healthcare digital signage statistics in its “Proof of Performance” infographic. The data, arrived at through information provided by various sources, states seven out of 10 hospitals provide digital messaging systems, 50 percent of healthcare executives expect digital signage to disrupt the industry, and hospitals save $8.1 billion a year when they switch to digital.
- For a better understanding of the application and adoption processes of telemedicine, Sage Growth Partners conducted a survey of 100 healthcare executives, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology. The results reveal 44 percent of healthcare organizations have not yet implemented the technology but consider it a priority.